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60 kWh at a Supercjharger question.

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by Lump, May 14, 2013.

  1. Lump

    Lump Active Member

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    If I pull up to a supercharger with a 60 kWh battery that hasn't purchased the supercharger capability, what happens?

    I assume I can still get a charge, what I have been trying to find is how fast will it charge, I realize it wont be 150 miles in a half hour but realistically what can I expect?

    Supercharger capability cant be added to that car at a later date, it has to be built with it, right?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    My best guess is that it just won't work.
     
  3. Todd Burch

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    I agree. I think you won't get anything. You haven't paid for supercharging, so you don't get access to the free energy, which those who have 85s or the supercharging option are helping to subsidize. Worth a try though...just don't try it on a road trip with 10 miles of range left!
     
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    They all have the hardware
     
  6. Lump

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    I plan on getting the Supercharger option when I order the 60 KWh, I found a press release dated March 31, 2013 & in it states...

    Tesla is also revealing a small Easter egg today: all 60 kWh cars have been and will be built with Supercharger hardware included. Tesla is taking a slight cost risk that ultimately all customers will want to buy the Supercharger upgrade and receive unlimited, free long distance travel for life. Even for those that never drive long distances, this will improve the resale value of their car to people that do.

    So even after delivery they can activated it over the air somehow? I still wonder what happens when a non supercharged enabled 60 tries to plug into a Super charger.
     
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    It will not work at all. The superchargers bypass the on board inverter and supply DC power directly to the battery. Normal house current is AC. Since the car does not have the software to know what to do with the DC power, I suspect you will get nothing.
     
  8. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

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    Ditto on johnnyS's comment. The software has to be updated to do the handshaking for DC (which is different than for AC).
     
  9. Lump

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    OK, got it.

    Thanks!
     

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